Who are the 10 Best Heisman Trophy candidates heading into the 2022 season – What if it wasn’t for CJ Stroud, Bryce Young or Will Anderson?
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CJ Stroud won’t win the 2022 Heisman Trophy.
Actually, he might — he certainly has enough talent that Ohio State will be in the national championship game all season — but it’s too easy.
That, and the Buckeyes’ defense should be better, Stroud may not have the same numbers, he may not be as sensational.
Bryce Young is not going to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy.
Actually, he might — he certainly has enough talent that Alabama will be in the national championship race all season — but it’s too easy.
That, I was impossible to repeat as a Heisman Trophy winner after Archie Griffin won the Double in 1974 and 1975.
Did Joe Burrow participate in any discussions about winning the Heisman prior to 2019? He was just a flash in the pan at LSU, let alone nationally.
Can a wide receiver really win the greatest individual trophy in all of sports? That hasn’t happened since Desmond Howard was successful in 1991, and then Devonta Smith was unstoppable in 2020.
How hard is it to win the Heisman Trophy? Come on, think about it, who are the favorites ahead of the 2021 season?
Time is up. Yes, Bryce Young is one of the favorites, but he’s behind Spencer Ruttler (former Oklahoma quarterback now at South Carolina) and DJ Uiagalelei, who is in Clemson has had an ugly year.
Stroud has great odds, but Texas RB Bijan Robinson, Iowa RB Breece Hall, NC QB Sam Howell, Miami QB D ‘Eriq King, Arizona QB Jayden Daniels, USC QB Kedon Slovis and Georgia QB JT Daniels.
Where’s Pete QB Kenny Pickett? He hangs out with University of Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson about 50 miles from the radar.
Here’s my advice — if you think your long shot option might work out, do it. If it’s possible to attend The Field, that’s your best bet.
That being said, here are ten of the top picks to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy, in addition to Bryce, CJ, and Alabama’s fringe sprinter Wayne Ernest Anderson – It’s hard to add close to the large number of sacks needed.
Remember that sometimes the crazier the better considering how many finalists come out of nowhere, so let’s start with some crazy flyers…
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10. Tyler Shough, QB Texas Tech
I have since he was in Oregon State has been trying to make Tyler Shough a thing for years.
He’s got talent, he’s got the tools, he’s got the NFL edge to be the top pick. After winning three games, he now has the starting quarterback job at Texas Tech.
But seriously, why is he here? Did you know that Western Kentucky’s offense surpassed 6,000 yards and 63 touchdowns last season? It’s now in Lubbock, led by new offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.
Shough’s numbers should be astronomical.
9. Jarek Broussard, RB Michigan State
ODDS: Off The Board There was that moment last season when Kenneth Walker let Heisman win. He had five touchdowns at Michigan State — a game that appears to be over in November. Six carries for 25 yards against Ohio State ended that, but he had a Heisman-level season.
Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger may have something to say about it, but Broussard — coming from Colorado, who has 896 yards in six games in 2020 — It’s possible to stand out in Walker’s role.
8. Malik Cunningham, QB Louisville
ODDS: +6600 Statistics, Statistics, statistics, statistics, statistics. It asked the world to let Cunningham Lamar Jackson — the former Louisville quarterback who won the Heisman in 2016 — but the numbers should be there. 3,000 yards, 19 touchdowns last year, ran for over 1,000 yards and 20 points. If he can start early and make a splash, and if Louisville can start winning right away, the momentum will build for the Nov. 12 game at Clemson.
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7. Bijan Robinson, RB Texas
ODDS: +2000 Robinson may ‘if at Oklahoma on Oct. 9′ The Heisman was handed out at the break, and I won the championship last season. If he can stay healthy, if he can be the focal point of Texas’ offense and he’ll shoot down the floor, he’ll have a chance.
However, this could all end immediately, Alabama is coming on September 10th. Or, if he shines and the Longhorns win, he might end the Heisman. Or…
6. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Alabama
ODDS: +3300 Texas Game Could be a showcase for the new Alabama starting running back.
While Bryce Young and Will Anderson should be in the headlines, Gibbs – the Georgia Tech transfer – could potentially use his speed, home run ability, and The advantage of showing off in the spotlight race after the spotlight race.
5. Anthony Richardson, QB Florida
if You trust NFL scouts, Richardson has won the No. 1 pick Heisman, and may start putting him in a funky yellow jacket. They may not be wrong.
Richardson has all the skills and talent to have a great season, and he has the offensive ability to show off. Billy Napier’s offense will get Richardson into a place where he can do big things, and he’ll have the opportunity to make an early statement when Utah gets to town.
4. Hendon Hooker, QB Tennessee
ODDS: +6600 Kind of like Malik Cunningham in Louisville, the Heisman’s potential comes down to data, data and data.
Hooker took over Tennessee’s starter after a few games, he ended up throwing for nearly 3,000 yards, 31 touchdowns and 3 picks, he ran for 613 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The starting quarterback in Tennessee’s offense will be a statistical monster if Hooker can tear up Pitt, Florida and LSU early when Alabama The Heisman spotlight will be in the spotlight when it comes to Knoxville on October 15.
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3. DJ Uiagalelei, QB Clemson
I still believe.
The same goes for oddsmakers – +2500 is not that high.
The formula works – who are the big stars and which team will likely make the college football playoffs? Ohio State has Stroud, Bama has Bryce, Clemson has … well, Clemson’s stars are on the defensive line, but the quarterback will be the focus. With the offense recovering, the recommitted Uiagalelei should be heading into a huge rebounding season. And Florida State, which will be in South Bend when the Tigers trade with Notre Dame on Nov. 5.
Uiagalelei threw for 439 yards and two runs and ran for a touchdown on his last trip on that trip.
2. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Ohio State University
ODDS: +3300 Yes, if you’re picking any Heisman contenders from Ohio State, Stroud might be the right pick, but again, his numbers probably won’t be what they are in 2021. He’ll still be great, but he doesn’t have to bomb away like he did.
However, Smith-Njiba may be the man to start after catching 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine points.
A 15-catch performance against Utah in the Rose Bowl set the tone, thinking he could finally be like Devonta Smith for nearly 2,000 yards and 23 catches It’s not crazy to finish with 117 catches and 23 points.
1. Caleb Williams, QB USC
ODDS: +700 Everything is set up perfectly.
Lincoln Riley’s offense, getting Jordan Addison to pitch, and the relatively easy schedule of building hype week after week. Williams will play forward and center for the first half of the season at the Heisman, followed by a date in Utah that should determine his candidacy.
If he does well against Utes and USC continues to win, the spotlight will end the regular season at UCLA and against Notre Dame. It’s all about winning…
If it weren’t for CJ Stroud, Bryce Young or Will Anderson.
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